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16 friends test positive for coronavirus after an outing at a Florida bar

Posted at 10:55 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 10:55:55-04

JACKONSVILLE, Fla. — A Florida woman and 15 of her friends have now tested positive for the coronavirus after having dinner at a restaurant in Jacksonville.

Erika Crisp says she's been sick since the night out.

The healthcare worker says after being stuck inside for months during the pandemic, she and her friends decided to have dinner at Lynch's Irish Pub on June 6, WJXT reported.

After the dinner, Crisp said she and her friends later all tested positive for the virus.

Now, she says reopening happened too soon.

"We were careless and we went out into a public place before we should have, and we weren't wearing masks," said Crisp.

Seven employees at Lynch's Irish Pub in Jacksonville Beach also have COVID-19.

The general manager shut down voluntarily last weekend for a deep cleaning.